‘She Don’t Care’ was written when Eli was struggling with mental health issues. A great way to express his feelings after getting in with the wrong crowd. I adore Eli’s vocal sound and the driving guitars take this song to an amazing level. Check it out here!Jen Music Injection
Eli Greeneyes is exactly the kind of artist we need in 2021 – eccentric, exciting, guitar-driven pop reminiscent of classics Oasis and Something For Kate but also modern pop rulers Yungblud and even Billie Eilish – and he has just released his electric new single and video She Don’t Care. The WA-based musician will be performing a one off, hometown headline show at Indian Ocean Hotel on September 24, and off the back of his collaboration with Perth hip hop royalty DRAPHT on his new album Shadows and Shinings (also released today), Eli Greeneyes will be joining DRAPHT on the road for his extensive 13 WA-date album tour in September, October and November this year.
Eli’s TOP 4 NON-MUSIC HOBBIES
Surfing. I’ve been surfing since I was about 10 years old and it’s still one of the most important things in my life. When I wasn’t making music I was growing up at the beach in the Scarborough area in WA with all my surf rat school mates. Surfing and hanging out at the fish and chip shop for lunch, then straight back in the water.
Painting. When I was living in Melbourne and my music was at a halt I really wanted another outlet to be creative!. My writing had slowed down for the first time in my life cause I had nothing to say for once and was quite unsure of who I was. So I started painting instead and it only took the first month to start actually writing music at the same time. Painting or drawing something inspired me in general as a human being. It became my 2nd obsession. I’d get home from working as a poster assembler and just get a fresh canvas out or try to finish my last painting. The satisfaction of finishing something that I had created and was proud of felt the same as music and both of those obsessions went hand in hand with each other, it cleared my head!
Exercise. I started exercising and working out in Melbourne at home because I was sick of being such a skinny muso ahaha!. I just wanted to put on a bit of weight and be more fit and feel better in myself. When you just sit in a studio every single day sitting in an office chair and creating, sometimes you forget to eat haha! Studio life ain’t always healthy.
Skateboarding. Although I don’t really do it that much anymore I really like bombing hills and cruising down the coast near the water. We used to bomb this one hill at like 3 o’clock in the morning and time the lights. Scary, but going that quick and doing something that makes you shit yourself like that is a THRILL, and a cheap one at that.
I don’t really have any other hobbies and to be honest I haven’t painted in months because my music has been so busy. I just like doing those things repeatedly. Laughing with friends over a couple of whiskeys, Simple shit.
She Don’t Care features so much of what we already know we love about Eli Greeneyes, but with plenty of innovation to spark a thrill upon every new listen. It’s guitar-driven, powerful pop, with a carefully written topline, impassioned lyrics, and an absolutely killer mix. It’s like a track from the early 2000s, written for a 2021 audience. Speaking on the inspiration behind She Don’t Care, Eli Greeneyes says, “She Don’t Care is about someone from my past who came along at a time when I was having a lot of mental health issues. Their intentions were extremely different to mine and I was listening to them too much instead of trusting my own intentions and instincts! I lost myself. When I wrote it I thought it was their fault, but now I realise that I also played a part in letting it take that direction. I had to write this song to gain back my true ‘not taking shit’ self.”
The video for She Don’t Care is overflowing with attitude, and it’s the perfect visual representation of the frustration and angst behind the song itself. Eli Greeneyes sings directly to the camera, walking towards us while a woman points and yells right up in his face. The confrontation is real, but the resolve that Greeneyes has developed through the catharsis of this song is real too. Speaking simply, he reflects on the idea behind the video clip, and the team who made it happen, “The concept was created by my friends James Mooney, Ben Matei and I. We wanted it to be predominantly a performance based video with an underlying simple narrative of self destruction and attracting the wrong people in your life… Everyone involved with the clip is creative in their own light with something to say and achieve. They are all my best friends who I want to take on this journey.”
Produced alongside Mark McEwan (Karnivool, Drapht), She Don’t Care is a brilliant example of an artist who is totally in control of the process, and completely enamoured by the idea of creating new songs and new sounds. Not only is Eli Greeneyes producing killer tracks for himself, but he’s also collaborating with other artists, including DRAPHT, and sharing his high production skills with his wider community. Speaking of community, Eli Greeneyes is pumped to get back on the stage and perform for his fans, as he reflects, “My shows are an opportunity to meet and understand my fans with what they connect with the most about my music. What am I saying that makes them feel heard and understood? That all comes down to singing the lyrics for me. Expressing them in that up close and personal way so the story hits straight to the heart.”